In this episode of the Wet Fly Swing podcast, host Dave interviews Gary Borger, a renowned fly angler and author. They discuss the history of fly fishing, tips and tricks, and Gary’s experiences over his 60-year career.
Gary shares stories about the pioneers of fly fishing, the development of nymphing, and his own contributions to the sport. He also talks about his book series on fly fishing and the challenges of publishing in the current market.

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Takeaways with Gary Borger

  • Gary Borger is a highly experienced fly angler with over 60 years of experience.
  • He has written a book series on fly fishing, covering topics such as nymphing, reading the water, and fly gear.
  • Casting is a crucial skill in fly fishing, and Gary emphasizes the importance of using the whole arm method for more power and distance.
  • Bluegill fishing is a great way for beginners to practice casting and learn the basics of fly fishing.
  • Understanding the history of fly fishing is essential for anglers to avoid reinventing the wheel and learn from past innovations. Gary Borger played a significant role in the movie ‘A River Runs Through It,’ providing fly fishing expertise and helping with storyboards.
  • He has been involved in fly fishing shows and speaking engagements since 1973 and continues to share his knowledge and passion for the sport.
  • Gary emphasizes the importance of reading the water and understanding fish food to improve fly fishing success.
  • He discusses the evolution of Euro nymphing and its origins in Polish and Czech nymphing techniques.
  • Gary credits his mentors and continuous learning for his growth as a fly fisherman and educator.

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